Freedom (TM) by Daniel Suarez

dasuarezI don’t remember how long ago it was, but I read a blog post from Rick Klau about this new book he read and loved called Daemon from some unknown writer. He was raving about how much he loved the book and how anyone into technology would love it as well. I knew Rick enough that I trusted his judgment and ordered a copy of the book.

Daemon is an amazing book. I can’t begin to tell you the whole plot, but at the core it is about a demented genius hacker who upon his death unleashes a powerful computer virus that slowly takes over the world. This book was made for Hollywood with enough action scenes and killer attack Hummers (you’ll have to read to find out) to make for a summer block buster.

I was psyched to learn that the book was written under a pen name and it had been picked up by a big publisher and republished. I love watching success happens and was happy to see Daniel Suarez (the author’s real name) making his dreams come true.

The book was one of those that just sets itself up for a sequel, so I’ve been eager for that day to come. As soon as I saw Rick again mention that Freedom (TM) was slated fora 2010 release, I pre-ordered a copy immediately.

Last week, hours before we were slated to leave for New Hampshire for the holidays a package arrived. Nothing unusual since I get plenty of surprise packages. But, upon opening it I was looking at a copy of Freedom. When I opened it up there was a note:

C.C.,

As an “early adopter’ of Daemon, I thought you might like a copy of the sequel. Happy Holidays!

Best,

Daniel Suarez

FreedomThis was easily the best present I got for Christmas as it was 100% unexpected. I don’t know Daniel at all except for being a fan of his work. We haven’t even exchanged a single e-mail so this was a great surprise.

After the presents were opened on Christmas morning I curled up on the couch and proceeded to read the entire book. It has been a long time since I’ve had the time and the writing to keep my attention like that. It was extra funny because since I do most of my reading on my Kindle, my mother-in-law joked, “C.C. I didn’t even know you read on paper anymore.”

Unfortunately, Freedom is not as good as Daemon. But, how many sequels in anything ever are? It is also not a book that you can pick up and read on it’s own because so much of the groundwork was set in the first book. This tale of the darknet and what it has done to the world is part science fiction and part social commentary that requires the first book to fully appreciate what is going on.

That being said, fans of the first book won’t be let down by this book. The plot line carries on right where the last one left off and I did not see the ending coming at all which always makes me happy. Watching how the power of the darknet has grown and what it is doing to society makes the little bits of augmented reality we’ve played with seem beyond elementary. My mind is still trying to wrap around the ideas laid out under the cover of the words in this book.

I think that these two books could easily be combined into a single action packed movie. I sure hope someone has already optioned them and has begun casting because it has been far to long since we have had a movie like this made. Plus, when they start filming give me a call. I’d love to come on set for any reason. *grin*

Anyone swimming in the fishbowl, but thinking way beyond it, should read these two books. Of course you have to let go of reality a bit for some of the things, but Suarez knows his technology and never crosses into the realm of “are you kidding me?” for all the geeks out there. On a personal note, J.C. Hutchins you MUST read these books and that is not up for discussion.

Thank you again to Mr. Suarez for the surprise gift. Please keep on writing because you’ve got a fan in me for sure.

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C.C. Chapman

Bio

Sketch of C.C. Chapman by Hey Instigator!There are many aspects OF who I am and what I do. Putting together THIS PAGE is one of my least favorite things to write because talking about myself is not my idea of a fun time.

When asked what I do my current answer is, “I create, teach and motivate people to do more good in the world.”

Of course, that doesn’t cover all that I work on professionally and personally, so that is why I created this page.

Official bios and headshots can be found below.

Who is C.C. Chapman? I’m a…

Writer

I’m constantly writing and always working on my next book. You may have read some of my published works including Amazing Things Will HappenContent Rules or 101 Steps to Making Video Like a Pro.

Freelance writing or citizen reporting assignments excite me.

Photographer

If I had to choose a style, I’d say my photos are a mix of documentary, travel and lifestyle photography. While I may not enjoy taking head shots, I love to shoot faces. I rarely go anywhere without a camera in my hand and I’ve been fortunate to see my photos on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

I’m currently shooting with a Canon 80D, an iPhone 7+ and a Chroma 4k Drone.

My photos can be found on Instagram and Flickr.

Marketing Consultant

With over twenty years of marketing, online media and community building experience I have the skills and experience to help your organization no matter the size. Previous clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, American Eagle Outfitters and HBO.

I focus on social good/impact marketing, content marketing and brand strategy. My favorite clients are NGOs, nonprofits or brands looking to make a difference in the world.

Feel free to double check my credentials on LinkedIn.

Keynote Speaker

I’m happiest when on stage educating and inspiring an audience of any size, anywhere in the world.

I have spoken at everything from large international events, corporate retreats and at special gatherings of unique individuals. If you need someone who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience I’d love to chat.

Advocate & Volunteer

I believe in using my skills, time and voice to champion causes that are important to me. I’m especially interested in anything military, dogs or children focused.

I’m currently the President of the Board at Wediko, a member of the ONE Girls & Women Advisory Board, serve on the board of The Hockey Foundation and recently joined the No Kid Hungry Social Council.

Teacher

I’ve developed and taught courses for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and Treehouse. I’m also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Bentley University and hoping to do more teaching in the future.

 

On top of all that I’m a proud life long New Englander who was born and raised in New Hampshire, but now resides outside of Boston.

I married my high school sweetheart, have two amazing kids and love being a dad.

I’ve been online since 1989, began blogging in 2002 and podcasting in 2004.

Previous endeavors I created include Accident Hash, Passion Hit TV, Digital Dads and The Advance Guard.

Tattoos, travel and the outdoors turn me on. There are fewer things more perfect than a well-done cocktail, a delicious meal or live art of any sort. I love my GORUCK, Field Notes and am a proud Misfit.

To understand me is to understand that I try to live a purposeful life every day that is full of adventure, love and making the world around me a better place for all.


Official Bio

C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer, and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one the nicest guy on the Internet. Over the years of his career, he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.

He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. He travels the world speaking in front of audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better.  C.C. has taught classes for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (where he also graduated from).

C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

C.C. is the past Chairman of the Board at Wediko and currently serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family. Find out more at CC-Chapman.com

 

Fun Bio

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more multi-faceted or enthusiastic creative/strategic partner in the marketing and content creation fields. This greatly hails from C.C.’s unstoppable combination of marketing experience and savvy (which a great many professionals claim to have), and incalculably valuable “on the ground” knowledge and insight as an influential content creator himself (which a great many professionals do not). The result is a best-of-both-worlds mashup of marketing expertise.

C.C. Chapman sports the pro cred to be a talker (working closely with such clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.), and the passion and gumption to be a doer (creating content for the emerging Online Dad market, marketing professionals, music fans and more). He’s helped create, manage and execute ambitious online and offline marketing campaigns for startups and multinationals — and has the invaluable good sense to know which outreach strategies work with audiences, and which ones fall flat.

He authoritatively speaks your language. He speaks your CMO’s language. Most important, he’s fluent in your market’s language. It’s a killer double-chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination. Contact C.C. to learn how he can help your organization achieve its business goals. There’s, even more, to know about C.C. Chapman if you want to read it — and you should. C.C.’s skills are an embarrassment of riches.

 

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DISCLOSURES

I’m involved with a lot of organizations and clients. I believe in being completely transparent and open about everything I’m working on. I’ll do my best to keep this updated and of course, will clearly disclose relationships in any post that require them.

I am open to being pitched and invited on press trips.

Companies do send me items in the hopes that I will review it or share with my community. If you send me something it does not guarantee a review.

With that in mind, my mailing address is:

9 C Medway Road #117
Milford, MA
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Current relationships include:

  • Verizon FiOS provides me with service in exchange for a monthly post on technology of my choosing

 

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